Ross Taylor: The IPL has massively helped New Zealand cricketers

New Zealand's first assignment after the World Cup 2019 finals loss will be a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka that will begin from August 14.
Ross Taylor: The IPL has massively helped New Zealand cricketersRoss Taylor: The IPL has massively helped New Zealand cricketers
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Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has stated that the IPL has massively benefited players from his country, as it has allowed them to gain confidence by helping them rub shoulders with the best players in world cricket. 

"I have been fortunate to play for a few teams (in the IPL) and play with great players. I think, there has been an aura around Australia, South Africa and a few of these teams.

I think IPL helped New Zealand cricket sort of bridge that gap a little bit (between players)," Taylor said.

"Once you know these players....You are picking their brains and you are watching them train and that has helped New Zealand cricket immensely.

"Players who have played over there and (who will play in) years to come will benefit by rubbing shoulders with best players in the world," elaborated Taylor.

Taylor has played for IPL teams Pune Warriors, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. 

New Zealand's first assignment after the heartbreaking World Cup 2019 final loss will be a two match Test series against Sri Lanka that starts from August 14. Taylor admitted that playing Tests in the Emerald Isle is not the easiest. 

"They (Sri Lanka) know the conditions very well and play very well in these conditions. And upsetting South Africa at home would give them a lot of confidence. They are also looking to play the (ICC) Test Championship. Sri Lanka is genuinely a tough place to play cricket in," Taylor said.

He also stated that Test Championships are the way forward. 

"Obviously there are names and number on the back (of the jerseys, like in ODIs). (There is) context (and) there is something on every game. And someone else mentioned to me the other day is you probably take note of other Test series a lot more now than you would have (than) just following the big series (like) Ashes," the right-handed batsman said.

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